UPDATE Sept. 18 4:41 P.M. (EST):
Full video of Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded comments have been released in two YouTube clips.
The GOP presidential nominee is under fire for telling well-heeled campaign donors at a recent fundraiser that his job is not to worry about “those people,” referring to voters who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and and saying that, if he were Mexican, he’d be ahead in the polls.
Here is the second part!
After officially accepting his party’s presidential nomination, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was secretly recorded in a video secured by news magazine Mother Jones at a fund-raising event.
While there, Romney talked with well-heeled campaign donors about voters who support President Barack Obama:
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”
Romney then added:
“[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”We really shouldn’t be surprised by the new video showing the GOP candidate disparage “those people” and suggesting that, if his father was Mexican, he’d be ahead in the polls.But, in this new age of technology and high-tech snooping devices, one would think Mr. Deep Pockets would exercise more caution. But, as we all know, it is often too difficult to suppress one’s true feelings, especially among friends. In this case, his deep pocket campaign donors.In the video, Romney reveals what he truly feels about “those people” he “tried” to woo at a recent NAACP conventionand millions of other Americans with whom he struggles to strike a chord.
Listen to his comments for yourself below:
The madness does not stop there.
Mother Jones reports that he told his audience that he would have a better chance of winning if his parents were from south of the border:
Describing his family background, he quipped about his father, “Had he been born of Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot of winning this.” Contending that he is a self-made millionaire who earned his own fortune, Romney insisted, “I have inherited nothing.” He remarked, “There is a perception, ‘Oh, we were born with a silver spoon, he never had to earn anything and so forth.’ Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America.”
Romney is considered to be quite superficial by many of his fiercest critics. But at this fund-raiser, he seemed at home–with his true feelings and those who share them. When someone in the audience asked him why he wasn’t going after Obama harder, he said he didn’t want to alienate independents who voted for him in 2008:
We speak with voters across the country about their perceptions. Those people I told you—the 5 to 6 or 7 percent that we have to bring on to our side—they all voted for Barack Obama four years ago. So, and by the way, when you say to them, ‘Do you think Barack Obama is a failure?’ they overwhelmingly say no. They like him. But when you say, ‘Are you disappointed that his policies haven’t worked?’ they say yes. And because they voted for him, they don’t want to be told that they were wrong, that he’s a bad guy, that he did bad things, that he’s corrupt. Those people that we have to get, they want to believe they did the right thing, but he just wasn’t up to the task. They love the phrase that he’s “over his head.”
But if we’re—but we, but you see, you and I, we spend our day with Republicans. We spend our days with people who agree with us. And these people are people who voted for him and don’t agree with us. And so the things that animate us are not the things that animate them. And the best success I have at speaking with those people is saying, you know, the president has been a disappointment. He told you he’d keep unemployment below 8 percent. Hasn’t been below 8 percent since. Fifty percent of kids coming out of school can’t get a job. Fifty percent. Fifty percent of the kids in high school in our 50 largest cities won’t graduate from high school.
What’re they gonna do? These are the kinds of things that I can say to that audience that they nod their head and say, “Yeah, I think you’re right.” What he’s going to do, by the way, is try and vilify me as someone who’s been successful, or who’s, you know, closed businesses or laid people off, and is an evil bad guy. And that may work.
Mother Jones has more video posted on its website and promises to provide much more, but, in sum, what Romney’s true feelings are toward “those people” and NAACP convention attendees can be summed up in a few words: I don’t need your vote to win. And, if I do win the White House, you won’t matter.
Thank you, Mr. Romney! The true you has been revealed, in the raw.